The Sunday Essiett Company
There are few real Community leaders left-those who live within the midst of the people they serve and who actively seek to change the opportunities and lives of those who need that support. Thankfully Southwark has been blessed with a diminutive yet powerful woman named Natalie Tomlinson who has dedicated her life to ensuring the young men and women of South East London have a safe haven.
A person who they can trust will be there for them and help them through their troubles. She does not judge nor does she do this for gratitude or accolade...no, Miss Natalie as she is known, does this out of love for the young people of her community, our community and she truly embodies the African saying that it takes a village to raise a child for they are all her children. The setting up of the Sunday Essiett Company will finally allow Natalie to do what really needs to be done on a wider scale and without doubt she is the one to do it. We need change, our children need help and Natalie is the woman to do it. ~ ~ C Fernandes ~ IRise Inspires
Natalie expertly delivers motivational speaking which is not only motivational and informative, but leaves people attending her seminars feeling extremely empowered and enlightened.
Workshops facilitated by Natalie are highly informative and very interactive.
Natalie's passion for teaching young ladies & men to value and respect their true worth and covering topics that many professionals tend to avoid, means that not only do participants find her workshops and seminars extremely engaging, but also very thought provoking.
Natalie uses valuable information and eye-opening stories about today's youth and their culture to show them how to succeed in life. Young people will learn the importance of having self-respect and how to boost their own self-esteem. They'll walk away with a new attitude and the sense that no matter what their past, it's not too late to make positive changes.
Natalie is the blogger and designer of "Natalie's SECtion" which is updated weekly.
This blog is now read globally with more and more visits to her page coming from as far as America, Pakistan and the Philippines. This shows that her openness and willingness to share her life experiences with her readers is becoming a appreciated.
Many professionals, parents and young people often make contributions to encourage readers.
With topics such as "Don't Give Up On yourself", "You Are NOT A Mistake", "Love Yourself", "Life Beyond Rape", "Overcoming Domestic Violence" and "Body Image" there is something for everyone
Click here to go straight to Natalie's SECtion
She also shares her own quotes with beautiful pictures with the aim to encourage, motivate and inspire you to be your best self.
These are called "Be.U.Tiful Quotes" because it is important to Natalie that we love and accept ourselves no matter what our experiences may have been, She also wants people to know that the are a valid contribution to the world.
The purpose of these quotes are to encourage, motivate and build people up.
Her hope is that her quotes are shared with others to inspire them to be their best possible selves.
Over the last year I have been writing a book called Silent Voices. It tells the real stories of those involved in gang violence, based on one single incident and told through the eyes of those involved.
There are one or two real people named in the book. They are people who have inspired me and inspired those who they have helped to move away from lives of violence. One of them is Natalie Tomlinson.
To be inspirational to others, you
have to make a decision; not to walk in your shoes, but to be
willing to put on the shoes of others.
Natalie is one of the few people that I have met who is willing to do that. To set aside her personal views and prejudices and replace them with compassion
and consideration. Her compassion starts from her view that there is good in everyone and she has the ability to draw out that good, however challenging the process is. Her consideration is born from her willingness to listen, to give some time and a bit of herself to those that need it and by doing so, creating
an unbreakable trust.
Her reward is seeing the development of others, seeing them grow and mature, to respect themselves and value others. The accolade to Natalie is not just that she makes a difference, it is that by walking in the shoes of others she can help them make a difference. It is the highest accolade that should inspire us all.
On 19 February 2010, Natalie won an award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual Category)
in Southwark Councils "Enough is Enough" Awards for recognizing individuals and groups
who have taken a stand against anti - social behaviour.
Natalie has been working with young people for 20+ years in various capacities. She started as a Youth Leader in a church. Natalie's work in schools began when she took on the role as SEN T.A in Geoffrey Chaucer Technology in 2002, after being head hunted by the Principal. Natalie has a special gift that enables her to motivate and communicate with young people in a way seldom seen. Natalie's words have been quoted as "having a powerful impact on everyone attending".
During her 8 years there, her role changed numerous times. Learning Mentor. Pastoral Leader. Pupil Development Officer.
Natalie then joined Charles Edward Brooke School in February 2011, where she is currently working as an Intervention Mentor.
She uses valuable information and eye-opening stories about today's youth and their culture to show them how to succeed in life. Young people will learn the importance of having self-respect and how to boost their own self-esteem. They'll walk away with a new attitude and the sense that no matter what their past, it's not too late to make positive changes.
Natalie is also a Co-Founder & Co Director of We Rock Ltd, which holds events in celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and International Men's Day (November 19).
Who Am I?
I am the she that was
often referred to as a bad influence.
The one who would always be blamed in the first instance.
The she who many others would treat as insignificant.
The one who never believed that she had the power to be brilliant.
I am the one who once
struggled to accept herself.
The one who because of others, left her talents on the shelf.
I am she who used to believe that she was ugly.
The she who thought nobody would ever want me.
I am the she who had to
take the time out to find the real me.
Not the me I was expected to be by society.
I had to learn to accept every single part of me.
A journey I had to take without anybody.
I am she who to many is
a positive influence.
the she that they turn to for help in the first instance.
I am she who understands her worth and significance.
Yes, she who refuses to dim the light on her own brilliance.
I am she who loves
herself whether anyone else does or not.
I am she who accepts every blemish, every spot.
I am the only me this world will ever see.
Who am I? I am me....... Natalie.